Midway through The Sneezz’s set at Liquid on Monday, Nov. 4, Geno Lopez took a moment to fiddle with his equipment. “Please, please make jokes because there’s a lot of quietness,” he said. “And it makes us all nervous.”
He was right: it was awfully quiet at that point. Attendance never rose above 20 as local punk label 1332 Records
held a ninth anniversary Punk Monday show at Liquid. The show featured confident, enjoyable sets from The Sneezz and local grunge-rock duo Velvet Hook as well as a disastrous (if frequently hilarious) one from local punk group Pull Out Quick.
In an interview in October, 1332 Records owner Levi Poppke expressed some weariness over what he considered the Boise music scene’s “finicky” nature. “There’s not a really a whole lot of people in this town that are really into the music that we do,” he said.
Still, he keeps pressing on. 1332 Records just put out its 62nd release, the compilation Live Evil IV: A 2013 Music Sampler
, and released Had a Food Baby!
by local group Skittish Itz and Never Trust the Living
by Baltimore, M.D.-based horror rock trio The Recently Deceased earlier this year. Poppke hopes to put out a new album by Bakersfield, Calif.-based acoustic punk musician Matt Salkeld in January.
Poppke hasn’t given up on live music either. “I would much rather go see a ‘shitty’ local band who’s in it because they love to do music [than] go to a show where [a big touring band’s] just standing around and they’re there because that’s their job and that’s what they have to do,” he said.
Judging from the Nov. 4 performance, Pull Out Quick definitely fell within the former category. This band’s songwriting wouldn’t win any awards for tact—one number featured the shouted chorus “I want pussy!”—but its manic riffs and straight-ahead one-two beats had a rough-hewn charm. Lead singer Corey Barner grew increasingly drunk as the set progressed, staggering to the men’s room mid-song and banging his guitar on the floor and ceiling. While bassist Rigo cut Barner’s boorishness with some self-deprecating humor, guitarist KK bussed the band’s empty glasses and cleaned up the mess after Barner smashed a pint glass.
The night’s other two sets went much smoother. The oddball lyrics and nimble, funky bass-playing of Geno Lopez, aka The Sneezz, belied his sweetly awkward, almost childlike stage presence. Velvet Hook
’s elemental, country-tinged guitar riffs and intricate drumming deserved a larger audience than the four people who stood near the stage. At least those four appreciated the music.
“I’ve got money!” shouted Shayne Waggoner of Go Listen Boise and Red Amp Productions.
“Well, shoot,” said Velvet Hook guitarist-vocalist K.C. Martin. “I should’ve brought the shirts.”